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Many amateurs tend to run pre-amp gains too hot and under estimate the headroom they need for the energy of a live gig once the band gets rolling…. We consult at many churches and see way to many red lights during the “service” that may not have been seen in practice.

With modern mixers and the low noise that quality systems have, make sure “hot” does not distort (mic pre-amp) or clip (digital) when the snare is slammed by the drummer or the vocalists “screams” or the bass player starts slapping the strings…..[:)]